• Prep Parade: Remembering Oklahoma's forgotten state record holders

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Names like Larry Rose of U.S. Grant — one of the state’s greatest 1-mile runners ever — or Glen Long of Douglass, who is part of two such forgotten records, or Nina Thompson of John Marshall, who had a hand (foot?) in four of them.

  • Mustang DT Deontre Thomas to announce college choice Saturday

    scott wright | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Mustang defensive tackle Deontre Thomas has been one of the more surprising football recruits in the 2017 class to burst onto the scene. And the 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive tackle exploded. Now, he says he’s ready to make his college decision. He announced Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Texas A&M as his final five schools, and will make his commitment on Saturday. The announcement is expected to be posted on his Twitter page around 1 p.m. A 265-pound defensive end might sound undersized for Power 5 conferences, but his technique, along with a frame that can carry another 30 pounds make him attractive to recruiters. “He’s an every-snap guy,” Mustang

  • McGuinness OL Owen Condon's recruitment taking off

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Michigan became the latest school to visit McGuinness sophomore offensive lineman Owen Condon as he continues his rapid rise on the recruiting circuit. Irish coach Justin Jones confirmed Michigan’s visit Wednesday to see the 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle who recently picked up three scholarship offers from Ohio, SMU and Tulsa. “It’s hard to find a guy that is that big that moves as well as he does,” Jones said. “Not only does he move he’s a bender who has flexibility and he moves his feet really well, which makes him a perfect tackle at the next level. I think he’ll be recruited by a lot of guys across the nations just because of that.

  • Yukon's Branden Brus signs to play soccer at ORU

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Yukon soccer player Branden Brus signed his National Letter of Intent with Oral Roberts on Tuesday. Brus, a defender and midfielder, has been instrumental in helping Yukon lock up a playoff spot next week. The Millers are third in District 6A-1 with a 5-2 district record. They are 7-5 overall. Brus is expected to primarily play defender at ORU, according to his father Brady Brus, the former owner of television network KSBI and a former meteorologist.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners commit, John Marshall CB invited to All-American game

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Oklahoma commit and John Marshall standout cornerback Justin Broiles received an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Blessed to have received my official invite to the U. S. Army All-American Bowl <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/3StripeLife?src=hash">#3StripeLife</a> /// <a href="https://t.co/U1UGwbZiCK">pic.twitter.com/U1UGwbZiCK</a></p>&mdash; Justin Broiles (@JustinbroilesJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinbroilesJ/status/725002299932733440">April 26, 2016</a></blockquote> Broiles (6-foot-0, 170 pounds), a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, committed to

  • Putnam City's Travis DeGrate to join Canadian Prep Football Academy

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    Putnam City linebacker Travis DeGrate announced late Tuesday evening that he is heading to the Canadian Prep Football Academy to reclassify and join the 2017 recruiting class. DeGrate had signed with Victor Valley Community College (Calif.). “I really like the coaching staff,” DeGrate told The Oklahoman in a message on Twitter. “I believe they can get me to where I want to be.” He isn’t the first 2016 recruit from Oklahoma to join the academy. Mustang tight end Blake Williams is also heading to the prep academy. The program is coached by former Cal receiver Greg McArthur, who caught passes from Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners pick up commitment from three-star athlete Grant Calcaterra

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its 12th commitment for its 2017 recruiting class Thursday evening with Grant Calcaterra’s verbal pledge. Calcaterra announced his commitment on Twitter. He is ranked as a three-star athlete by Rivals.com, although he is projected as a wide receiver/tight end. Calcaterra currently plays at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Calcaterra chose the Sooners over offers from Boston College, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, Texas A&M and Utah, among others. His commitment could be just the beginning of a very fruitful weekend for the Sooners, who are hosting several top prospects for

  • Oklahoma football: Collinsville linebacker, OU commit Levi Draper accepts invitation to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2017 linebacker commitment Levi Draper accepted an invitation to play in next year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Draper announced the news on his Twitter account. The Collinsville standout originally committed to Oklahoma State last summer before changing his mind and giving the Sooners his verbal pledge in November. He also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. Draper finished last season with 143 tackles and four sacks, helping lead his team to the Class 5A state championship game. He was a first-team Oklahoman All-State selection after his junior season.

  • Oklahoma quarterback commit shows off amazing accuracy

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Chris Robison is a quarterback out of Horn High in Mesquite, Texas who has committed to Oklahoma as part of the Sooners' 2017 recruiting class. He became the first prospect in the 2017 class to commit to the Sooners when he made his decision last June. He's 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and is a four-star recruit. He's ranked as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the No. 18 overall prospect in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports Composite. And he apparently has some pinpoint accuracy, which he showcased inside an empty AT&T Stadium by flinging a football from the upper deck and nailing the bull's eye of a target sitting at field level.

  • Putnam West's Gabrielle Johnson commits to UCO

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Putnam West post Gabrielle Johnson found a collegiate home despite tearing her anterior cruciate ligament late in the season. Johnson verbally committed to Central Oklahoma last week, she told The Oklahoman. Johnson, who is 6 foot 1, averaged 17 points and 11.3 rebounds for Putnam West as a senior. She played multiple games on her torn ACL in the playoffs, electing to have surgery after the season. Putnam West was ravaged by injuries this season. Star point guard and Oklahoma State signee Areanna Combs suffered a torn ACL early in the season and shooting guard Asia Cowen dealt with the effects of a torn ACL she suffered in the offseason. The Patriots advanced to the area tournament consolation